Heritage Days In Full Swing

20140723_172409Monday was the DARE Golf Outing, Tuesday the St. Luke’s Ice Cream Social. Tonight, the Firehouse Spaghetti Dinner. It’s been a great week so far, and we’re just getting started.

Thursday, it’s Evening on the Avenue, including the South Milwaukee Downtown Market and Drama at the Depot. Friday, Lionsfest starts. Saturday, it’s the Heritage Days Parade and Duck Race.

Bring it on! Learn more here.

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Getting People To Slow Down

20140720_200421American Family Insurance — the Jim Incledon Agency — has again stepped up with a donation of “slow down” yard signs to the city. Want one or three for your neighborhood? Contact South Milwaukee Police Lt. Chad Milow at 768-8060 or by email.

Thanks to Jim and American Family for the continued partnership — and the joint commitment to make our neighborhoods safer.

The Incledon Agency is located in Sunrise Plaza in South Milwaukee, 2410 10th Ave.

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Can You Help At Lionsfest?

The more I’ve gotten involved with the South Milwaukee Lions, the more it’s become clear: It takes a village to put on Lionsfest.

And we need your help. Interested in volunteering for a few hours? Sign up here.

From grill to games to servers to cleanup, there is lots to do. Please consider helping out at the Lions’ biggest annual fundraiser.

Check out the full Lionsfest schedule here on Facebook. And we’ll see you next Friday through Sunday!

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Can You Taste The Coffee And Donuts?

1403523624043 interrupter_cupsMy answer to that question: Yes!

I am told the new Dunkin’ Donuts at Chicago Avenue and Drexel Boulevard is set to open on Wednesday, July 23. Thanks to Alderman Pat Stoner for the tip … and welcome to South Milwaukee, Dunkin’ Donuts.

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Construction Update: 11th Avenue, Sherman, Blake

Quick construction update …

The new-and-improved 11th Avenue is now open, with the construction project between Milwaukee and Michigan Avenues nearly complete. (Check out the photo below.)

The road will be home to the South Milwaukee Downtown Market once again starting Thursday, July 31, as the market moves from its temporary home at 12th and Milwaukee to its traditional location.

The South Milwaukee City Council also approved at its meeting Tuesday spending more than $250,000 to repave Sherman Avenue Fifth to Ninth and Blake Avenue Eighth to Ninth, in addition to water main work on Sherman.

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Celebrating South Milwaukee Heritage Days

Heritage Days are the best days of the year to be a South Milwaukeean. And with a full roster of events, there is something for everyone, including a few exciting new additions for 2014.

Here is a list …

Monday, July 21

DARE Golf Outing

The big annual fundraiser for the South Milwaukee Police Department’s Drug Abuse Resistance Education program is held at Oakwood Golf Course, with lunch and beverages included. A raffle is also planned. Cost is $80 per person. To sign up, contact Officer Lewison at 768-8060. Learn more in my previous post.

Tuesday, July 22

Ice Cream Social

The event is from 4 to 8 p.m. at St. Luke’s United Church of Christ, 2200 18th Ave. There will hot dogs and brats, a raffle and band concert. And ice cream, of course.

Wednesday, July 23

Firehouse Spaghetti Dinner

Dinner is served from 4:30 to 8 p.m. for this outstanding community event held at the South Milwaukee Fire Department, 929 Marshall Court. Di Carlo Trattoria & Pizzeria caters.

Thursday, July 24-Saturday, July 26

Drama at the Depot

In a new Heritage Week event (and hopefully an annual one) outdoor performances are planned for 7:30 p.m. each night at the 121-year-old railroad station at 11th and Madison Avenues. Musicians, dancers and more are scheduled as part of this collaboration between the South Milwaukee Performing Arts Center and The Battery Factory. Learn more in my previous post. Performances are free, open to the public and appropriate for all ages.

Thursday, July 24

Evening on the Avenue

What a great collection of downtown events! Food, music, demonstrations and much, much more are on the agenda for the big annual downtown street party, as well as Drama at the Depot and the South Milwaukee Downtown Market. Also scheduled: the grand reopening of Sorce Martial Arts, which is celebrating its terrific expansion and renovation.

Friday, July 25-Sunday, July 27

Lionsfest

The South Milwaukee Lions’ biggest annual fundraiser features food, music, rides, games and plenty of family fun. There is a South Milwaukee High School all-class reunion and car show Friday night, and Family Day on Sunday, with lots in between. Here is the Facebook page.

Saturday, July 26

Heritage Days Parade

The city’s biggest parade runs from 8th and Milwaukee, west on Milwaukee to 16th, then north to Lionsfest, with dozens of entrants and surely lots of surprises. Look for me and my family on the fire truck.

The Great Duck Race
This is a really fun event for a great cause put on by the Friends of Mill Pond and Oak Creek Watercourse. Ducks set off in Oak Creek at 2 p.m. from 15th and Milwaukee.

Learn more about all of these events at www.smheritagedays.org. And I’ll see you around town!

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Golfers Wanted For Monday DARE Fundraiser

The annual DARE Golf Outing is set for Monday, and they are still looking for golfers.

Interested? Bring you or your foursome!

The event is at Oakwood Golf Course, with a shotgun start set for 8 a.m. Cost is $80 per golfer.

Lunch is provided, as are beverages, including beer donated by MillerCoors, me and Alderman Pat Stoner. Raffle tickets are available for purchase for a chance to win one of several great prizes.

For more information, contact Officer Lewison at 768-8060.

This is the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program’s biggest fundraiser, so please consider stepping up to help this terrific program.

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